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Mel Asberry

Mel Asberry
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Mel Asberry is an experienced Designated Airworthiness Representative specializing in Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft. He and his wife, Ann, have built seven amateur-built airplanes including two ultralight types, a Moni Motorglider, a Dragonfly Mk2, two RV-6s and a Zenair CH 601HDS. They are currently building a scratch-built biplane.

Importing From Canada, N-Number Size

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Question: I’m interested in buying a homebuilt out of Canada. Is this a difficult process? What should I be looking for? Answer: Bringing in a...

Repairman Certificate, Aerobatics, LSA Rules

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Question: I have a question about the repairman certificate. Let’s say the FAA issues a repairman certificate to the owner/builder. After the airplane is...

Importing From Canada, Selling in Phase I

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Question: There is this nice RV-4 available for sale in Canada. It’s been built by an experienced builder. They have flown the airplane for...

What’s the DAR’s Role?

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Question: I know that you are active on the Van’s Air Force (VAF) site, so I thought I might direct some questions to you...

A Highly Modified Gyroplane and a Piper, Christavia, Bearhawk, Zenith Mashup?

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Question: I am building a gyroplane from pieces of an RAF 2000. I will be building my own frame with dropped keel and main...

Changing the Propeller, Can I Add Seats?

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Question: I am upgrading the propeller on my aircraft and was wondering if you might be able to help me out. My situation is...

Ask the DAR

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Heeding manufacturer overhaul times, about the repairman certificate.

Ask the DAR

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Modifying different types of Light Sport Aircraft, updating Phase II operating limitations.

25+ Years with an RV-6

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The story of N168TX.

In Case You Missed it

Understanding Your Risks

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Paul Dye discusses risk management, and how you can decrease the chances of having an aviation mishap.

Editor’s Log

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Old school.

Early or Late?

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Long before I wrote for aviation publications, I was doing testing—of airframes, engines, avionics,...

Light Sport’s Next Steps

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At AirVenture this year—just before it, actually—the FAA released the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking...